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Hair and beauty skills put to the test at Penwith College show

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 24, 2014

  • Level two silver award winner Keziah Gregory, with her 1960s' beehive.

  • Betsy Ridge. Judges said, 'the endless planning and preparation really paid off and her attention to detail was incredible'. Her look was inspired by Josie Gould, which saw her take home the bronze.

  • Sapphire Walsh, an apprentice at The Parlour in Penzance, won gold in the level three Avant Garde category with this look inspired by Roald Dahl's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

  • Betsy Ridge's silver award was based on the Queen of Hearts in Alice In Wonderland.

  • Punk mohican Cheryl Maddern was awarded the bronze medal at level two.

  • Level two gold award winner Claire Franklin with her "land girl" look.

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HAIRDRESSING and beauty students at Penwith College showed off their talents earlier this week in a bid to reach the final of the Cornish Skills event.

The students were working to a theme – for level three students it was avant-garde, for level two, the history of film and for level one the theme was glamour.

The event was judged by both industry experts and teaching staff who were impressed by the standards shown.

Prizes were awarded by Cheryl Mewton, director of studies, who said: "I am delighted to be involved in judging this competition.

"The attention to detail and variety of ideas has been fantastic.

"The students all worked incredibly hard and while some were nervous about showcasing their skills, particularly those who only started college last term, they all rose to the occasion to create an outstanding show."

The winning entries will be taken forward to the Cornish Skills competition in February, part of the UK Worldskills national event.

Hairdressing awards: level three category: gold award, Sapphire Walsh; silver award, Betsy Ridge; bronze award, Josie Gould.

Level two winners: gold award, Claire Franklin; silver award, Keziah Gregory; bronze award, Cheryl Maddern.

Level one winners: gold award, Charlotte Hardaker; silver award, Aimee Johns; bronze award, Paris Johnstone.

Beauty therapy awards level two winners: gold award, Charlotte Mathews; silver award, Demi-Skye Edwards; bronze award, Samantha Taylor.

In addition Certificates of Excellence were awarded by the governing body, VTCT, to the following students: Becky Cornish, Dawn May, Sarah Hosking, Tegen Harvey, Teresa Mazzeo, Tonia Ley and Tracey Carley.

These certificates are awarded to only the very top students who demonstrate excellence in customer service, excellence in teamwork, an outstanding work ethic and excellence in sales and aftercare as well as achieving 95 per cent or above attendance on the course.

The judging team comprised: Vivienne Walsh from Hunter Walsh hairdressing; Sarah Pratt from Penventon Hotel and Spa; Martin Bland, session stylist; Hayley McKinstry, Worldskills judge and programme team leader for hair, beauty and catering at Truro Campus; Cheryl Mewton, director of studies and former staff members Margaret Edgecumbe and Kath Elkins.

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